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"Please Don't Call on Me": Correlates of Small Group Participation
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by Jessica Phillips, Roberta Smith, Elizabeth Modaff, and Betsy L. Morgan - University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
This study explored the relationship between self-esteem, communication apprehension, extraversion, and small group participation. Fifty female undergraduate General Psychology students participated in groups of 5 to provide feedback regarding 2 children's videos. They viewed two 5-min clips and responded to questions regarding the education and entertainment values for preschool-aged children (ages 5-7). The experimenter recorded the number and length of times each person spoke. Following the video, the participants completed a self-esteem scale, a communication apprehension scale, and an extraversion scale. Hierarchical regression determined that self-esteem was not a significant predictor of small group participation; however, communication apprehension was.